Although Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is pleased to announce that half the territory the Islamic State militants captured has been retaken, there is more work to be done before those territories can be part of Iraq again. Sunni resentment is still running high, and many residents who were trapped in Daesh territory are being incarcerated, leaving their families extremely vulnerable.
At least 91 were killed and 70 were wounded:
In Tuz Khormato, gunmen fired upon a car carrying guards from the electricity ministry; one guard was killed and four were wounded. Three civilians were killed in other incidents. Militants burned three women to death. Three presidential guards were kidnapped by unknown assailants as they drove their car near a militia checkpoint; it has been suggested that Shi’ite militiamen captured the trio to ask for ransom. Two civilians were also kidnapped.
A three-year-old girl was killed and 11 others were wounded as families trying to flee Daesh walked through a live minefield near Mahkmour.
Twenty militants were killed in an operation near Samarra.
In Albu Obeidi, a strike killed seven militants.
An airstrike on Badush left six militants dead.
Six militants were killed in Garma.